"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, August 22, 2011

"Turn off Your Light!"

An umpires job isn't easy. He calls balls and strikes and determines if runners are safe or out, often in the presence of angry spectators. Sometimes umpires must tell coaches, players, and even fans to "cool it", or they will be removed from the stadium. Last week at Oakland Coliseum, the home of the Oakland Athletics, umpire Tony Randazzo made the strangest request ever heard from the bases--"Hey fellas, can you turn off your jackets?"

Two fans sitting behind home plate were glowing. Not with bright clothing, but with actual neon lights built into their jackets. It caught the eye of Randazzo when he was standing behind second base, and he claimed that the jackets were a visual hindrance to the players on the field. Randazzo's request was challenged with resounding "boos" from the seats, but eventually the lights disappeared.

Jesus wasn't exaggerating when He described the power of our "light." From His hillside "pulpit" during the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." (Mt 5: 14-15)

Unlike Tony Randazzo, Jesus will never say, "Turn off your light", but Jesus will always say, "Turn it on!" I hope we will listen!